The Stepford Wives Reviews

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June 11, 2004
Rudnick and director Frank Oz don't do anything radical with the original premise ... but they choose comedy over horror, and it's a wise decision.
June 11, 2004
Rudnick specializes in hurling poison darts. Here he throws armloads of them, and a surprising number hit the board.
June 11, 2004
It is essentially a Stepford movie: A pretty clone with its brains removed, lurching about robotically and reciting predictable inanities.
June 10, 2004
An empty comedy that takes hackneyed potshots at consumerism.
June 10, 2004
The idea behind The Stepford Wives is still a chiller, but this remake has some gaping plot holes.
June 10, 2004
Frank Oz's madcap remake turns a dusty, second-rate thriller from 1975 into a loud and shiny postmodern farce.
June 10, 2004
You feel some of the strain in this immaculately shot, designed and costumed farce, but it's fast and the cast is lively.
June 10, 2004
It displays all the intellectual heft of a beer commercial -- light beer at that.
June 10, 2004
Even its slyest and most insinuating moments are played broadly.
June 10, 2004
A sporadically amusing, occasionally funny, but ultimately bland and pointless time killer.
June 10, 2004
The Stepford Wives has been Stepfordized into a big-budget, star-heavy commodity, complete with computer effects and not-so-subliminal product placements.
June 10, 2004
Audiences that find themselves laughing at first will likely be fidgeting as the pic drifts toward a peculiar if oddly predictable climax, requiring -- much like the Stepford women -- that brains be checked at the door.
June 10, 2004
The sting is gone.
June 10, 2004
At its best this is a CQ (as in chuckle quietly) comedy rather than an LOL (as in laugh out loud) affair.
June 10, 2004
All the efforts of director Frank Oz and writer Paul Rudnick to make the story funny feel slightly desperate and very strained.
June 10, 2004
Oz has made an interesting -- and entertaining -- choice. Instead of updating the story to make it more credible, he has gone the other way: milking its pass alarmism for laughs.
June 10, 2004
Trying to be more antic and cuttingly funny, it misses the premise's shivery tension.
June 10, 2004
Represents the kind of lame brainstorm that finds its way onto a summer release schedule.
June 9, 2004
In the new town of Stepford, there's no bitterness, no struggle, no competition, none of the scars of the sexual revolution.
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